QCinema International Film Festival (QCinema) gives visibility to noteworthy cinematic craftsmanship with a wide array of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) international films.
Co-presented by The Film Development Council of the Philippines, RainbowQC presents a stellar lineup of films on experiences of the LGBT community.
In this year’s competition are “1985”, “Hard Paint”, “The Heiresses”, “Knife + Heart”, “Sorry Angel”, and “The Wound”.
“1985” focuses on the story of a closeted young man struggling to reveal his identity to his conservative family. The narrative feature from Yen Tan lends a viewpoint of the gay community during the AIDS epidemic in 1985. It focuses on the hostility of small-town families grasping the idea of homosexuality.
The film, shot in black-and-white Super 16, won the Jury Award at the Barcelona International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2018.
“Hard Paint” (Tinta Bruta), a film by Filipe Matzembacher and Marcio Reolon, revolves around the story of Pedro (Shico Menegat), a socially repressed young man living a double life as a gay chatroom performer.
The film puts in perspective the themes of abandonment, loneliness, and yearning. It also takes a look at the consequences of bullying and being socially different.
“Hard Paint” won the 2018 Teddy Awards in Berlin as the best LGBT-themed feature film.
“The Heiresses” follows the lives of the middle-aged couple, Chela (Ana Brun) and her partner of 30 years, Chiquita (Margarita Irún), who suffered financial hard times. The female-driven feature from Marcelo Martinessi explores the journey of self-discovery and awakening, captivating viewers with the superb acting of Ana Brun.
The film won the FIPRESCI prize at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival. It was also selected as the Paraguayan entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards.
Yann Gonzales explores the world of 1970s gay porn in her debut feature “Knife + Heart.” It puts together police, horror and erotic genres creating a unique visual thriller of captivating colors. “Knife + Heart” is the Prix Jean Vigo 2018 winner.
Christophe Honoré shares a tale of love, friendship, and loss of life in his latest film, “Sorry Angel.” Honoré delivers a queer romantic drama with poignant and humorous performances ideal for the big screen.
The International Cinephile Society bestowed the Best Screenplay award to “Sorry Angel” at the 2018 ICS Cannes Award.
John Tregove’s “The Wound” delves into the traditions of Xhosa, the second largest cultural group in South Africa. The coming-of-age drama speaks about the Xhosa initiation into manhood, striking issues of masculinity and sexual identity.
“The Wound” is the Jury Award winner at the 2017 World Cinema Amsterdam.
QCinema presents RainbowQC from October 21 to 30, 2018, at Gateway Mall (Cineplex 10); Robinsons Galleria (Robinsons Movieworld); and Ayala Malls Cinema in Trinoma and U.P. Town Center.